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Crews work to contain Ohio River fuel spill at Wellsville

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WELLSVILLE, Ohio -

Hazmat crews and other first responders are on the scene of a diesel fuel spill on the Ohio River near Wellsville.

Dispatchers tell 21 News they received a call from the site manager of a business in the Intermodal Facility at around 8 am Tuesday that a sheen had been spotted floating on the surface of a creek that enters the river.

In addition to crews from the Wellsville Fire Department, the East Liverpool Hazmat team is on the scene.

Wellsville Fire Chief Barry Podwel said they traced the leak to Anchor Drilling, a company located on Clark Avenue.

"They had a tank that overflowed and it went into the storm sewer system. That went into the ponding area and then it leaked into the creek and into the river," said Podwel.

West Virginia oil refiner, Ergon, has dispatched its boat and cleanup crew to the scene of the spill and the Coast Guard is also there.

Authorities say there is no danger to any drinking water. The nearest water intake is in Toronto, Ohio, about 11 miles downstream.  They've been notified not to take water from the river for the next 24 hours.

The Environmental Protection Agency has also been notified.

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